When you're in the mood to watch something inspiring, there's nothing quite like a sports movie to get your spirits lifted. With all the choices on Netflix though, it can be tough to decide which ones are the best.
There are plenty of great sports TV shows available on Netflix, such as Friday Night Lights and Last Chance U.
Sometimes, however, you don't have time to binge three to five seasons of a show for that uplifting factor.
Queueing up a film is the best option for when you want a
Field of Dreams, Any Given Sunday, and Remember the Titans are just a few examples of well-loved sports movies that you won't find on any of Netflix's genre channels.
This brings us to ask, among all the choices for sports movies that Netflix has, which ones are the best?
Below you'll find a list of a handful of great sports films that you should add to your personal Netflix Queue.
Scroll down for a List of the Best Sports Movies on Netflix
Million Dollar Baby
Starring: Clint Eastwood, Hilary Swank, Morgan Freeman, Jay Baruchel, Anthony Mackie, Riki Lindhome, Michael Peña.
Of all the sports movies available right now on Netflix, Million Dollar Baby is definitely the greatest.
Following the life of, Frankie Dunn (Clint Eastwood), a veteran Los Angeles boxing trainer who keeps almost everyone at arm's length, except his old friend and associate Eddie "Scrap Iron" Dupris (Morgan Freeman). When Maggie Fitzgerald (Hilary Swank) arrives in Frankie's gym seeking his expertise, he is reluctant to train the young woman, a transplant from working-class Missouri. Eventually, he relents, and the two form a close bond that will irrevocably change them both.
Million Dollar Baby was an award-winning role for Swank, as she picked up both the Oscar and Golden Globe awards for Best Actress in a Motion Picture. Additionally, Eastwood and Freeman also picked up Oscars and Golden Globes for their work on the film as well.
Starring: Jake Gyllenhaal, Forest Whitaker, Rachel McAdams, Curtis "50 Cent" Jackson and Rita Ora.
Many great boxing films have been made but, excluding Rocky, you'd be hard pressed to find one that delivers as committed of a performance as Jake Gyllenhaal gives in Southpaw.
"Billy 'The Great' Hope (Jake Gyllenhaal), the reigning junior middleweight boxing champion, has an impressive career, a loving wife and daughter, and a lavish lifestyle. However, when tragedy strikes, Billy hits rock bottom, losing his family, his house and his manager. He soon finds an unlikely savior in Tick Willis (Forest Whitaker), a former fighter who trains the city's toughest amateur boxers. With his future on the line, Hope fights to reclaim the trust of those he loves the most.
If you were a fan of the Rocky series or films like Fighting and Never Back Down, then this is a movie you'll thoroughly enjoy.
The Longest Yard
Starring: Adam Sandler, Chris Rock, James Cromwell, Nelly, William Fichtner, David Patrick Kelly, Tracy Morgan, Cloris Leachman, and Burt Reynolds.
This comedy-football film from Adam Sandler and MTV is a remake of 1974 film of the same, which starred Burt Reynolds, who turns up again here in a more supporting roll.
Disgraced pro football quarterback Paul Crewe (Adam Sandler) lands in jail, where manipulative Warden Hazen (James Cromwell) recruits him to advise the institution's team. This turns into a lead role quarterbacking a crew of inmates in a game against a team of prison guards. Aided by incarcerated ex-NFL coach Nate Scarborough (Burt Reynolds), Crewe and his team must overcome not only the bloodthirstiness of the opposition, but also the corrupt officials trying to fix the game against them.
If you're in the mood to be inspired by a sports film, but you also want to laugh really hard, you definitely want to queue this up.
Trouble With the Curve
Starring: Clint Eastwood, Amy Adams, Justin Timberlake, Matthew Lillard, John Goodman Robert Patrick, and Scott Eastwood.
This is the second film on our list to include Clint Eastwood (see: Million Dollar Baby), but it's decidedly a different kind of movie. For decades Gus Lobel (Clint Eastwood) has been one of baseball's best scouts — but now his age is catching up with him. Still, he refuses to be benched even though his bosses are questioning his judgment. Tasked with checking out the country's hottest batting prospect, Gus is forced to accept help from his daughter, Mickey (Amy Adams). Though they haven't spent time together in years, father and daughter make new discoveries about their shared past, which could change their future."
If you're a fan of films like Field of Dreams, Moneyball, or The Rookie, make sure you catch this while it's on Netflix.
The Mighty Ducks
Starring: Emilio Estevez, Joshua Jackson, Elden Henson, Shaun Weiss, Lane Smith, and M. C. Gainey.
OK, Million Dollar Baby might be the "best" film on our list, considering all the awards it won, but we all know who the real MVP is...
If for any reason you need a refresher on one the greatest sports films of all-time. After reckless young lawyer Gordon Bombay (Emilio Estevez) gets arrested for drunk driving, he must coach a kids hockey team for his community service. Gordon has experience on the ice, but isn't eager to return to hockey, a point hit home by his tense dealings with his own former coach, Jack Reilly (Lane Smith). The reluctant Gordon eventually grows to appreciate his team, which includes promising young Charlie Conway (Joshua Jackson), and leads them to take on Reilly's tough players.
Pull up Netflix, kick on The Mighty Ducks, and bask the icy glow of its nostalgia.